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Deng named to All-Defensive second team

Luol Deng was honored for his stellar defensive play this season. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng was named to the NBA's All-Defensive second team in a vote by the league's 30 head coaches.

Deng, who was named to his first All-Star Game this season, received six first-team votes and eight second-team votes. He is joined on the second team by guards Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, center Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks, and forward Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics.

LeBron James headlined the first team with 24 first-team votes. He is joined on the first team by forward Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder, guards Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies and center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.

The 30 NBA head coaches were asked to select first and second teams by position and were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.

Deng, who played most of the season with torn ligaments in his left wrist, averaged 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds this season and often guarded the opposition's best player.

Bulls center Joakim Noah received 14 votes for the second team.